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EU Chair Bulgaria Prime Minister Borisov: Balkans Connected + with LNG Transport via Greece/Cyprus+

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Friday, 29 June 2018

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While Balkan Countries' better Integration in Europe is a Priority of the Next EU Presidency by Austria (7-12/2018), the out-going EU President-in-office, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov (1-6/2018), speaking to Journalists in Brussels, including "Eurofora", at the Conclusion of this June 2018 EU Heads of State/Government Summit, stressed that, Already, Balkan Countries "are InterConnected" and want to Develop that Further, pointing, in particular, on the Key Issue of "Liquid Gas" transfers towards EU's core areas :

 - Even regarding the "Western Balkans" themselves, "Connectivity" extended Nowadays up to "11 Projects" more, for that area, pointed out Borisov, just after Adding also anOther Key move :
 
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>>> - "Just 1,5 Hour ago, we (Bulgaria) Signed, together with Cyprus and Greece, a Contract on an InterConnector for Liquid Gas (LNG), through Greece towards Bulgaria, which is Supported by EU Commission", he announced.

    Borisov said that Today Early Afternoon in Brussels, during the Official Press-Conference at the Conclusion of this June 2018 EU Heads of State/Government's Summit, jointly Together with EU Council's and EU Commission's Presidents, Donald Tusk and Jean-Clade Juncker, respectively.

    In Addition to the Already Existing Off shore De-Gasification Facilities at the North of Greece, near Alexandroupolis, Facing Bulgaria, it's also on NLG Energy Transports, that, Recently, an EU-supported Project, including also De-Gazification Facilities and Supplies provided for consumption by other Ships, practically linked Together Cyprus' Limassol, Greece's Creta, Patra and Igoumenitsa (facing Corfu), as well as Italy's Venice Seaports.

    Cyprus' President, Nicos Anastassiades, on his way Home from Brussels, is reportedy due to Visit Paris, Tomorrow , in order to meet with French TOTAL Company's Leadership, who have just expressed their Interest to Extend their Share of the Straregic Island EEZ's Oil/Gas Natural Resources' Explorations, Findings and Exploitation, also Together with Italy's ENI.

    Israel, who is already, notoriously engaged, Together with Cyprus, Greece and Italy, in a parallel EU-Supported Project for an East-MED underSea Pipeline, (See, among many others, also, f.ex. : ... etc), appears also due to be Interested, in Addition, by such Ship Transports of NLG Energy Directly from the New and Growing South-East Mediterranean Oil/Gas Findings, (between Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and EU Member Country Cyprus' coastline Seabeds), Directly towards the rest of Europe.

    France's "Marseille-Foss II" brand New, Huge DeGazification Platform, alike Various other Similar NLG-related Facilities also in Italy, Spain, as well as Croatia, etc., can, Naturally, be easily Associated to such Sea Transports of Energy Directy to the EU.

    But it's also a forthcoming, Quadrilateral Summit, between Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, Next Week in Salonica (Thessaloniki), with Prime Ministers Tsipras, Borisov, Dancila and Vusic, respectively, which could Discuss Energy-related, relevant Plans, (as far as Terrestrial Pipelines' components are concerned).

    Indeed, Plans for a Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA) Pipelines' Network are currently advancing, with the Aim to add Liquid Gas Findings at the South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea (via that Greece-Bulgaria component : Comp. Supra), together with Romania's own Gas Findings at its EEZ in the Black Sea, for Transport towards EU's Industrial core, via the forthcoming EU Chair : Austria (7-12/2018).

    Romania, (who is taking over EU's rotating Presidency from January to June 2019), has, indeed, plans to Boost such NLG Energy Transports, particularly from the Black Sea, towards EU's Franco-German Industrial core, especially since the Recent Gas Findings at its own EEZ.

    But Bucarest notoriously was, also, a Key Part in a Previous Project, called "AGRI", due to Gather Oil-Gas Energy from the Kaspian Sea, via an Azerbaidjan - Georgia - Romania Link, through the Black Sea, (on which "Eurofora" has extensively published in the Past, with many relevant Statements by various Key Top Officials, Ministers, Heads of State, EU Commissioners, etc), afterwards Continuing either via the Danube-Rhine rivers, always in Ship Transport of NLG Containers, and/or through a Pipeline, until EU's Industrial core.
 
 
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    => This could, obviously, be Revived Nowadays, in Association with that New Pipeline Plan for Romania's own Oil/Gas Findings in its EEZ at the Black Sea, which would naturally Strengthen the Utility of such a Danube-Rhine rivers' and/or Pipeline DIRECT Link to EU's Industrial Core, (i.e. withOut being Obliged to Transit through a 3rd Country), able to Serve Now for All these 3 Purposes : Transport Energy from Romania's EEZ in the Black Sea, and/or from a Part of South-Eastern Mediterranean's Findings, as well as from the Kaspian Sea's resources (Azerbaidjan, etc).

    It would, certainly, be Preferable to have a Safer, Faster and Cheaper Way to Transport Kaspian Sea's Oil/Gas Energy Directly to Europe, Instead of being, on the Contrary, Obliged to make Long, Expensive and Dangerous Zig-Zags, by descending Down to Turkey, Southwards, only to Cross through Risky Conflict-ridden Areas, first of Kurds and afterwards of Assyrians, near to Islamist Extremists' or Terrorists' Armed Gangs (such as Idlib, and soon Afrin, adjacent to Ceyhun, where the Azerbaidjan-Turkey Pipeline currently ends), and/or go through a Dangerously Earthquake-prone Anatolia's plateau, near Izmit (facing Istanbul), the Epicenter of 1999's Deadly Quake which Destroyed Factories and OIl Rafineries, Killing more than +30.000 Poor People in Shaky and Demolished Houses, etc, before Seeking, Desperately, to find if anyone, from the European Continent, might, eventually, be so Crazy and/or Irresponsible as to Build an Expensive and Uselessly Long Pipeline, all the way until it might approach a Turkish tube from Asia Minor, Risking various Conflicts, Earthquakes, useless Waste of Money, and/or notorious Blackmails by the Turkish Regime...

    + Moreover, in Addition, a Black Sea - Romania - Hungary - Austria (etc) Energy Transport Network, Directly to EU's Industrial core, (Comp. Supra), would Offer an Opportunity also for Russian Gas to Supply EU Countries, in Free Trade and Equal Terms, Non-Monopolistic, Neither Conflict-ridden or Earthquake-prone, but much Safer, Shorter, Cheaper and well-Monitored EU-controlled, Energy Transport Infrastructures, usefully Contributing to Alleviate Dangerous Tensions and Divisions of the PanEuropean (EU-Russia) Area too.
 
++ All this, topically, at the Eve of an exceptional China - 16+ Summit with Central-Eastern European Countries (EEC), from Bulgaria up to Estonia, etc, Next Week in Bulgaria (Sofia), which is due to try to Boost Trade and Transports' practical Issues, etc., in the foreseeable Future. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
    => An Interesting Bulgarian - Austrian - Romanian "Trio" of rotating EU Council Presidencies 2018-2019...
 
 
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